We recently flew from Ohio to Florida (and back) with our two year old. She had flown once before, but she was only a month old at the time, so it was a totally different experience. Today we want to talk about a few things that you will need to bring with you when you fly with a toddler.
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One of the most important tips we can give is to bring plenty of entertainment for a toddler. Most toddlers are fairly active and it is unrealistic to expect them to sit quietly without multiple things to do. The longer your flight is, the more types of entertainment you will need. We took our daughter’s iPad and several children’s books.
A Special Treat
We had planned to give our toddler pure juice (something that we never do) during take off, but when we went to buy the juice, we came up with an additional idea. We also picked up a Lunchable. She had never had one before and the curiosity kept her quiet as boarding finished and the plane got ready to take off. A special treat can help distract your toddler during parts of the flight that might be scary.
A Car Seat or Harness
Children over two are required to have their own seat with most airlines, but getting them to sit in it can be a challenge. Our toddler has a lot of energy. She rarely stops moving. We did not need a car seat where we were going, so we decided to purchase an airplane travel harness. It was a little on the expensive side, but worth every penny. It made the airplane seat feel like a car seat for our toddler.
Our flights both went wonderfully. We hope that this short guide can help other families as well. We would love to hear from you! What has your experience flying with young children been like? What is something that you can not fly without?